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fiori could be formed on forms of expression denied sach a ground only by con- Rammohon Roy's claim to fóooding Christianity and it. These facts lead mo Trioitarianism with each to soppose
that you must other; and although iu your bave referred to somethieg miod they are identical and else wben you speak of Dr. yon have therefore an on- Marsbman's , having ama doobted right to say that swered him won bis own they are so, yet you are not terms ;"' bot as you havo igoorapt that there are many not afforded any other clao who tbipk them diametrical. to yourmeaning I must leare ly opposed, and you were it in the obscurity in which therefore not jastified in I fiod it. This is so much supposing that because he the greater from my ut. wished to be considered a ter inability to find any thing Christian, be would soon in Dr. Marshman's manage. bave no objcotion to be cal. ment of this controversy eled a Trinitarian.
ven remotely approaching Tbé next circumstance to "condescension ;"' or a. on whicb yon grounded your
ny tbiog in Rammohua' disappointed expectations Roy's management of it was "the condescepsion of wbicb called for the exera tbe Editor of” tbe Friend cise of this virtae from his of Iodia to answer” Ram. opponent. Admitting, how. mobun Roy “ on bis own ever,
that Dri Marshó terms." I am at loss to man's “condescension" was know what you mean by,
required by Rammohun Rammohan Roy's "terms” Roy's character or conduct, except that bé insisted úp- and that it was as great as on not beiog called a bea. you would have it to be, you theo, and preferred a claim certainly over-rate its .pro. to be considered and treat- bable effect and him. Could ed as a Christian. With you serionsly expect that, respect to the former epi. any act of condescèosion" thet Dr. Marshm'an justified from Dr. Marsbman or from the application of it to any one else would stand Řammobun Roy, and al- in place of reasoning and though the castigation he argoment to convince him received from bis opponent of the doctrine of the Trinity? prevented him from repeat. And were you really sora jog it, yet be sobsequently prized at your owo disaphas had recourse to language pointment ? Every bonest cgoally offensive. With rose man most lament that soch pect to the latter title be bas a means should bave been uniformly and in various expected to contribute to
Sach an end; and most re- with the professors of each joice that it proved ineffec- sect their respective peců. taal.
liarities. He was equally You best speak of the conversant with Episcopafrequent intercourse that be lians and Presbyterians, beld with Christians of va. and yon will think that hở rious depomipations” as decided justly and fairly affording grounds for the when he preferred the sida. bopes you once entertained.
ple forms and the tolerad't This intercourse certainly orthodoxy of the latter, as furoisbed bim with some these have been for tho Very favorable opportani. most part exhibited in Calties of making bimself ac. cotta, to the pompoos será quainted with the pedaliar vices and the dampatory opinions and practices of creed of the former. He different Christian sects, was eqáally conversant withi and the grounds of tbem. Charcbmen and Dissenters, Generally speaking, the and you will give him cremembers of one Christian dit for doing justice to your sect bave little intercourse owo principles wbeo be prewith the members of all o- ferred the dignified inde. ther Ehristian sects; and peodence of unprivileged ño the limited jptercourse Dissent* to that sabservi.
which the professors or mi- | The advocates of the Char.
pisters of differeot sects bave with eacbotber they are 80 distrastfal of each otber's tempor and so a. fraid ot quarrelling, that a friendly conversation about the points on wbicb tbey differ, is almost, if not altogether, a thing ook nowo. Each wraps bimself ap in the mantie of his own orthodoxy and pitics tbo errors of otbers without en deavouring, or rather witboor being permitted to codeavour, amioably to remove them. As all were de. sirous of having Ramwohan Roy for a coovert, be had constant access to thom all and freely discussed
cbes big law established will
is calculated to crcate. He was equally conversant with Baptists and Pædobaptists, and you will admit that he judged rightly when be declared that he could and no ad. thority whateyer in the New Testament for the sprinkJing of jofants. Finally, he was equally conversant with Poitarians and Trinitari. ans, and why should yoq think it surprising that he preferred the beautiful simplicity and practical excelJopce of the one to the aniatelligible and therefore ioeffi cientmysteries of tho otber? Might be pot, after agreeing with you in so many particulars, be permitted to differ from you io one with imponity! - a differe ence too which might bave. convinced you that he was þonest when he professed to agree with you in all. the rest. That bis frequent intercourse with Christians of various denominations woold bring him fully to concor with all the opinions of only one denomioation, add that your own, is ao oxpectation for which he canconstant feeling of respon.. sibility to God alone in relia gio118
muiinse whetber of greater or of less moment-a feeling which is necessarily in danger of being greatly weakened in the minds of tbose Whose sect bas received a po.
not be considered as in any way responsible.
Lastly, you rested your hopes on “ the concessions that be would occasionally make ia favour of some evangelical truths." You do not ioform your readers what those tratbş are, por whether he dov debies what in former times he occasionally conceded. Of this I am confident that in all the intercourse which I had with bim in common with yourself wben my relis gipns opinions were in sobe stance the same as those pbicb you at presept prop fess, ļ Qever beard bim make any concession in fa. your of the Trinity. Instoad of this I have heard yon make concessions to him, whicb, however satis? factorily to yourself you may have reoonciled them with your ayowed belief, I tben told you appeared to me to amoont, and which still think did amount, to a virtual relinguishment of the Tripity, and wbich iq point of fact confirmed bim in the continged disbelief, and contributed to lead Quo to the subsequent rejection
litical establishment and is supported from the revennes of the state, and the ministers of which, bezore they can enjoy thego advantages, are indispena sably required to subscribe to Liturgies and Articles, Cata. cbisms and Copfensions of Faithia
of that doctrine. It is dif, ficult to perceive how bis concessions in favogr of any oiber doctrines could lead yog to expeot that he would ultimately embrace the doctrine of the Tripitý; especially as your own conces. sions respecting that very doctrine were of soch a natare as eyen tended to unset... tle the belief of a brotherMissionary.
It thus appears that Ram. mohon Roy did not give you any ground to expect. that he would ever view the the distinguisbing dog trine of Trinitarianism in any other light than that, ia, w bich he actually regardsit; and, as he is in'no degrec responsible for the 'disappointment you bave experieooed, so that disappointment, however severe it may have been, is not a sofficiept rea. són for your “ interference" with the controversy which has been carried on against bit.
Of the three which you assign for the part you bave taken in this controversy, the first, viz. a desire to contribute something towards the establish. ment of the truth, is the only one that will bear the test of examination. But even this cannot be of mucb avail to you in jostifying your "interference,” since it appareatly did not operate
apon you optil it was com. bined witb the two last, viz. a wish to vjodieate your own orthodoxy wbicb was impagned, and to asspag9 tbe feelings of disappoint. ment wbich you experien, ced.
To seeking to “establish the truth” yon bave indolg. ed in severál very gross and palpable misrepresentan tions both of the principles and character of your fel. low.Christians; and is aninjadyérting opon theso misrepresentations and opon the statements included in have felt strongly and bave sometimes expres. sed' myself
I felt. Yet permit me to assure you tbat however strong the language of reprobation Į have employed, and it is pot in my opinion strong, er than wbat has been des sérved, I yet entertain a sincere respect for your per. sopal cbaracter, and attri. bute the injustice of which you have beco guilty, not to intentional malice of which I believe you to be inca, pable, but to the unbappy inflaence of your religious
in warping your judgment and exciting the most apjust and 'injurious prejudices against men whose only crime is an in: voluntary one, viz, that they cannot, however much they
may desire it, tbink and reason and believe as you do. When I see it produc. ing such effects upon poe whose personal virtues I koow and sincerely desire to imitate, this forms an addi. tional proof to me that that
system is no part of tho gospel of Christ, but in its peculiar influences is op: posed to the spirit which Cþrișt so pre-eminenty exemplified and wbich biş gospel so forcibly enjoins.
Remarks on the Queries and Replies respecting the
Protestant Missions in Bengal. In the last Namber of the tized by Bishop Heter, iş Repository we' inserted a reported to bave been of communication from a res- the Malakar caste, or the pectable Missionary expla. 13th. class of the Sboodra datory of some particulars tribe, and bis occupation in tbe above . mentioned that of a Malee or gardes work: in the present Num. ner;' and 'in order to il ber we bave it in our pow. lostrate the injudicious or to publish the substance manner in wbieb native of several other communi. verts are sometimes treateations of the same nature ed, it is added in page 46 which the Autbor of the Re. that “the native alreadý plies bas received from a mentioned as having been Venerable and worthy cler- baptized by the present Bigymap of the Church of shóp of Calcatta, is also ree Eogland whose rank and ported to have received fifty character, if we were per. rupees a month since bis mitted more particularly to baptism i a much greater mention them, would be a 800 tban a person of his sufficient
goarantee for rapk and occupation could the'accoracy of the state- ever bave 'earned by bis ments which we give op bis own labour.'? authority.
It now appears that the In page 32 of the Queries native here mentioned. was and Replics, the Aatbor, baptized, together with his with a view to faroisba little' daughter, not by Bicorrect idea of the grada- shop Heber who had notions of caste to be foggd a- thing to do directly or in. mong the Shoodru converts, directly with this baptism, states in addition to orber batby Mr. Hawtayne, mjois: particolars that " a dative, ter of St. James's. Our cor. pamed Rattan, lately 'bapo respondent does not know